Boone is on the trail of the Copper Golem that has magically punched a whole in the Ether and has gone into the Earth realm. Boone is amazed because scientifically this should be impossible, but right now that is the least of his troubles. He must find a way to track the Golem and put a stop to its rampage. Luckily he has some items stored on Earth from the Ether that may help. The only problem is is must travel to his old house and old wounds are hard to heal and open easily, as Boone finds out when he arrives at his house and his once wife and love of his life Hazel is there.
Kindt throws the reader for a loop with Ether #5. We get a Boone using his knowledge and cleverness to solve the mystery of who killed the Blaze and also get revelations failed relationship between Boone and Hazel. Ether succeeds and not only being a very dramatic story of a family falling apart but also an enduring mystery through a new world.
David Rubin does some great unique panel work that he has not done in the previous issues that really change the tone and flow in this issue of Ether. Structuring the panel layouts on a two page spread across the top, middle and bottom of the page fills those two pages with so much story and makes the pace of the story slow down to great emotional effect. David Rubin just continues to impress with his sequential art storytelling abilities in this series, he really shows all around great work from pencils, inks, colors and layouts he does it all to perfection
Ether #5 is a very satisfying ending to this first story arc. It givers some conclusions to the mystery we have been following but opens up a whole new can of worms by the end of the issue. Kindt has quietly woven a tale of how addiction in anyway can affect a person and their family, he has told a heartbreaking story of Boone’s lost family that will stick with the reader. Kindt seems to have quietly woven this addiction story line in as we tend to get caught up in the greater mysteries of the Ether and all of its “magic” and fantastical creatures that inhabit its realm. Kindt does not let us forget that he does/did have a family once and going to the Ether has destroyed that.
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